Clan MacLeod and Clan Donald had many feuds
over Castles and land. Marriage was used once
to try and unite the two Clans but failed. The
Government forced peace between the two Clans
1600s - Clan Donald took control of Duntulm
1657 - hundreds of MacLeod's were killed
fighting for King Charles II at the Battle of
Worcester, last battle of the English Civil
War. Around 16,000 men fought for Charles II
against 30,000 men fighting for Oliver
Cromwell. Around 1,000 men of Clan MacLeod are
said to have taken part in the battle with many
killed. Some that were captured were
transported to America for slavery.
1739 - MacLeod's of Dunvegan and Macdonald's
of Sleat were accused of kidnapping 96 of their
kinsmen, men, women and children, in an attempt
to sell them as slaves. The vessel carrying the
people to America was wrecked off the coast of
Northern Ireland, with all passengers
1746 - Clan MacLeod and Clan Donald of Skye
both supported the Government in the 45
Jacobite Rebellion. Many other Clan MacLeod and
Donald, from other areas, fought with the
Jacobite's at the Battle of
Many Clans that fought on the Jacobite side
in the 1745 rebellion then had their homes
destroyed, cattle killed, and forced to
Clans supporting the Government, retained
their Castles, Land, Titles and Wealth.
1700s to 1800s - Dunvegan Castle is extended
in the Baronial Style seen today.
1933 - Dunvegan Castle is opened to the
paying public to help pay for repairs.
2000 - John MacLeod attempted to sell off
land that contained the Black Cuillin Mountains
for £10million so he could use the money to
repair the Castle. Public outrage led to the
sale being withdrawn.
2007 - John MacLeod, 29th chief, died
leaving £15 million in his will, leading to
people wondering why he never used that money
Today - son of the late John MacLeod,
MacLeod, owns the Castle and Estate.